Chief Louis Fetherolf began his law enforcement career in June of 1968 when he joined the Los Angeles Police Department. There he worked various assignments in Patrol, Traffic (two-wheel motorcycle enforcement), Investigations, Narcotics, and Administration. Since being appointed to his first Chief of Police position in 1980, over the past thirty years he has commanded six police departments in four different states prior to retiring from the Salinas Police Department in Monterey County, in December of 2011
Chief Fetherolf earned a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Chemistry and Mathematics from Southern Utah University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University, and has completed doctoral studies in Public Administration with an emphasis in police leadership and ethics. In addition, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has published national journal articles and courses of study in police leadership and ethics.
Chief Fetherolf has been a Rotarian for many years and enjoys playing the five-string banjo, mandolin and guitar, and has played and recorded with various Bluegrass and Country/Pop Bands. Chief Fetherolf is an avid martial artist holding a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate, and earned an Olympic Gold Medal in Karate Competition and a Bronze Medal in Pistol Marksmanship in the Police Olympics.
Chief Fetherolf is married to his high school sweetheart, Christine McCarthy and they reside in Winchester, CA.